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Tour: Crafts and Birdsongs in the Heartlands

  • 13 Mar 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Newton Car Park
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Come on this tour with our guide Charlotte to visit the last remaining businesses that still fashion their wares by hand, a rarity in Singapore indeed!

Our first stop is a business that stocks an amazing array of paper offerings that are burnt for the Gods, Ancestors and Ghosts. Be awed by the big beautiful robes, houses and colorful horses, all made of paper.

Heard of the interesting hobby of Bird Singing? See it for yourself and be serenaded by these wonderful ‘Song Birds’, right in the HBD heartlands of Ang Mo Kio, where one of the largest of the Bird Singing corners in Singapore is located. This is where the birds get to train their vocal chords and you can chat with the ‘uncles’ who love their birds. We will visit a bird cage maker who is also a ‘bird sitter’!

Have you watched Lion Dances and marveled at the colorful Lion Heads? We are privileged to meet the last remaining craftsman who makes the Lion Heads from his HDB home. You can even order one of his beautifully crafted Lion Heads as a collector’s item.

Finally, we will learn about those giant incense sticks with their colorful decorations seen at the temples. Hear from the ‘horse’s mouth’ about how they are made and you might be able to have go at using the raw materials for the incense to fashion your own creation.

Date and time: Saturday, 13 March 2021 from 9am - 1pm

Meeting point: Newton Car Park

Tour language: English

Member price: 55$ (including bus transport)

Non-member price: 69$ (including bus transport)

Please put on comfortable footwear and bring your umbrella and lots of drinking water.

Please take note of the following requirements from the Singapore government:

  1. Maximum group size of 15 pax (excluding tourist guide), split into 2 sub-group and the  sub-groups maintain at least 1m safe distance and no intermingling at all times.
  2. Masks to be worn at all times.
  3. The tour will be subjected to approval by authorities and might be cancelled at anytime.

Please note: A minimum number of participants is needed for the tour to proceed. Tour will be cancelled should the required minimum number of participants not be met 2 days before the tour date. Your ticket will be refunded in this case.



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